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Publisher's Summary

Author of the number-one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, J. R. Ward enthralls fans with her erotic urban fantasies.

The third book in the series tells the story of the vampire Zsadist, a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

Listen to another Black Dagger Brotherhood chiller.
©2006 Jessica Bird (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy." ( Booklist)

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My Favorite!

Hands down, this is one of the most addicting series I've listened to. I'm on a BDB roll these days and I can't get enough. It's like a movie that I don't ever want to end, the books seamlessly transition to the next one, and so far, each one has been enthralling, erotic, funny and for me, emotional. I was so ready to be consumed by book 3 when Bella and Zsadist met in book 2-----I knew his story was going to be a good one, and it totally surpassed my expectations. Loved, Loved, Looooooved this story! Can't wait to hear what happens next!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4

I love this series but am very disappointed that they do not put them out in order! please, hurry with book 4! There are several series books that I have looked at here in Audible but will not purchase them because the whole series is not available. They go from book 1 then my skip to book 6 or 7. Very annoying!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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FINALLY!!!!!

This is the best book of the series, and it is great that it is finally available on audio.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Into the series now!

Lover Awakened is the 3rd Black Dagger Brotherhood books and so far I have to say is my favorite. I couldn't put this one away, walked around with my headphones in my ears for much of my days while I listened. This book started out at a rapid pace and stayed that way. This is mostly about Zsadist and Bella. If you haven't read the first two books I recommend it because I think its a good idea to have an idea of who Zsadist is and where he fits in the brotherhood before starting this book. Have already downloaded Book 4. Really am enjoying this series but its a very unusual take on the whole vampire thing. Be warned these books are highly sexual/erotic reads but I thought of the three so far this one had the most substance in it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story of overcoming trajedy!!

I love this book...and hearing it on audio was a special treat! J. R. Ward has a way for drawing you in to the lives of her characters...and this story of Zsadist is my favorite of hers. It is a compelling emotional story of victory over enormous abuse. Everyone loves to see the victim rise above the ashes to soar in life. Zadist is that victor!! I loved it!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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My favorite in the series!

I was so happy when I saw that Audible chose to include this book in their collection! This has always been my favorite book in the series. I love the eternal hope that you feel. Zadist is so emotionally damaged from severe sexual abuse that he pushes everyone away from him! He is so scary that he won't let anyone get close to him. Even his own twin brother has a hard time connecting with him. But Bella is amazed by him, by his strength! He helps her when everyone else has given up hope and while trying to ease her pain he allows her to help heal him without realizing it was happening! Enjoy! It is worth every cent or credit!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Lover Awakened

I loved this book. The reader did a pretty good job. He was a little flat as a reader, but once I got used to his tone, it worked pretty well. Z has always been my favorite and his book is outstanding. He had so far to come for redemption, it was really well done.

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  • Theresa
  • CARSON CITY, NV, USA
  • 07-23-09

Lover Awakened

GREAT book, Can't wait for the entire series to be available here. Why not have the whole series, they are great! HIGHLY RECOMMENED!!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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My Favorite

I love this book my favorite in the series. I am so happy it is now available.

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5 Lover Awakened Stars

This was the 3rd time I have read this book and I love Zsadist as much if not more this time around.

He has had it the roughest of them all. He was sold as a blood slave and pretty much any kind of torch you can imagine he went through.
His twin not only never stopped trying to find him he helped save him.

Now they are both warriors in this battle against good and evil. Only Z is battling what is in his head. After meeting Bella and having feelings which he doesn't realize are feelings in that way he can't get her out of his head.
When she is taken, he becomes almost obsessed with trying to find her.

Bella was taken by one of the Omega's Lessers. They stink to high heaven of baby powder, as they age they become almost albino like. Only the Lesser that took Bella doesn't want to fade out he wants to stand out so he dyes his hair dark. He thinks Bella is his wife, even if he is impotent and thank god for that.

That being said Bella is a FIGHTER, just as Z is and her fight will blow you away. His fight will break your heart.

This is a love story that will break your heart and mend it back together. I don't want to give much away because you really need to experience it for yourself and I don't want to be the one that ruined it for anyone.

READ THIS BOOK... Swear you will NOT regret it!!

Again, if your not sure about the narration give it another shot I swear it took me a time or two to get used to Jim but once you do I swear you won't think of another narrator who can do BDB as he can.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

10 of 13 people found this review helpful